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Wirraka Maya and YMCA make a splash in Port Hedland

Date posted: 2 April 2013

Fifteen girls from Wirraka Maya's Leap leadership program recently participated in the YMCA's Swim for life initiative in Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA).

The Swim for life program gives the girls, aged from 10 to 14 years, the opportunity to attain their Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion qualification. In addition, those girls who complete their Bronze Star qualification have the opportunity to go on to gain employment as lifeguards.

YMCA Swim for life coordinator Kate Tsorvas said the partnership with Wirraka Maya was an exciting first for the two organisations, who plan to work together in an ongoing collaborative effort. YMCA Perth's award winning Swim for life program celebrates its fifth anniversary in the Pilbara this year and is committed to creating first-time employment opportunities by qualifying Indigenous youth as professional lifeguards.

Since its inception, 110 Indigenous youth have participated in the Bronze medallion, with 40 being employed as lifeguards at Port Hedland pools and many going on to further employment in the mining industry.

Additionally, the program has assisted 60 young people gain Senior First Aid qualifications and given 10 Indigenous youth the opportunity to become certified AUSTSWIM instructors.

Source: Pilbara Echo


Kate Tsorvas
Swim for life program
YMCA Perth
Ph: 0458 988 079


Last updated: 2 April 2013
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